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Pediatric Pain Medicine
Committed to Managing Your Child's Pain
Our experts work with the commitment and partnership of your family and primary care doctor to successfully manage your child's pain long term, so it doesn't control their quality of life.
Meet our team
The Pediatric Pain Medicine at Children's National Hospital provides comprehensive care to babies, infants and adolescents who have pain. We offer evaluation and treatment of your child's acute pain. Acute pain is pain caused by tissue damage. Medications alone often help decrease this type of pain. As your child's body heals, their pain will go away. We also offer evaluation and treatment for your child's chronic pain. Chronic pain is caused by a variety of factors; it is complex and does not go away with medications alone.
A team including board-certified pain physicians, anesthesiologists, psychologists and other pediatric specialists review every aspect of your child's pain. By working together, we develop a diagnosis and in partnership with families, offer personalized treatment plans to increase your child's comfort and function in everyday life.
We treat the whole child, paying special attention to both their physical and emotional needs. Some of the services that we provide for our patients include:
The acute pain service specialized in managing pain in infants, children and adolescents who are admitted to the hospital. Our team is comprised of board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists and a nurse practitioner with specialized pain management training.
- The most common conditions we treat are acute pain from the following:
- After surgery
- Cancer-related pain such as mucositis
- Chronic illness such as sickle cell disease and autoimmune conditions
The goal of the acute pain service is to safely decrease pain and manage the side effects of pain medications. While your child is in our care, our staff will visit your child every day to make sure that pain is being treated and to watch for side effects.
It is our pleasure to answer any questions you or your child might have. Your child's nurse can reach us 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In our Chronic Pain Clinic, we offer specialized pain care delivered by:
- Board-certified pain physicians with subspecialized training in pediatric pain
- Pediatric pain psychologists
- A psychiatrist with pediatric pain focus
- Nurse practitioners with specialized pain management training
- Physical therapists with training in pediatric pain
Signs that your child is suffering from chronic pain
- Pain persists for longer than expected
- Missing school regularly
- Leaving school early or arriving at school late consistently
- Problems sleeping
- No longer participating in the activities your child previously enjoyed
There is no typical pain patient — children in our care experience a wide range of conditions. Our clinic develops personalized treatment plans that blend traditional medicine and alternative therapies to best fit your child's needs. Our team helps children affected by pain that persist beyond what is expected for tissue healing and who have not responded to standard treatments.
We treat infants, children and adolescents who have:
- Chronic headache, not responding to medications
- Persistent post-surgical pain
- Back pain
- Pain associated with orthopedic and sports injuries
- Nerve-related pain and injuries
- Widespread musculoskeletal pain is also known as fibromyalgia
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Hypermobility syndrome including Ehlers Danlos
- Postural Orthostatic Tachycardic Syndrome (POTS)
- Abdominal pain
- Pain associated with chronic illness such as sickle cell disease, juvenile arthritis,
- Children with physical dependence on pain medications needing to be weaned
We offer the following treatments depending on your child’s needs:
- Physical therapy, to include:
- Home exercise program
- Pain psychology evaluation, to include;
- Behavior modification
- Stress management
- Sleep Improvement
- Reintegration to normal activities
- Return-to-school plans
- Cognitive-behavioral therapies such as biofeedback, relaxation, meditation and imagery
- Medications for pain control
- Injections of medication to provide relief
- Comprehensive chronic pain education
Schedule an appointment
Online Appointment Scheduling Available for Existing Patients
If your child is an existing patient, you can schedule their appointments online through the MyChildrensNational patient portal. Learn more information about the patient portal and how to sign up.
For more information or to schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment with Pain Medicine, please call 202-476-3273. To speak with our chronic pain front desk, please call 202-476-6765. To send a fax, please use 202-476-3018. For all inpatient consults, please call 202-602-4701.
Pediatric Pain Medicine Team